Approaching Mother’s Day

Signing at BYU Women’s Conference

It’s the perfect venue: hundreds of visiting women and only days before Mother’s Day.  Come visit me in the BYU Bookstore 1:30 – 3:30 PM on April 29th.

It’s a perfect gift for Mother’s Day!

Cedar Fort has a wonderful page dedicated to “Portrait of a Mother”.  Come visit it:

Portrait of a Mother Contest Results to Cami Checketts, who is the winner of a free signed copy of Portrait of a Mother.

As promised, her is a ‘portrait’ of my own mother.

My mother deserves all the praise I can dish out.  Not many mothers can raise eight children and have them all turn out to be happy, productive people. She stayed home to take care of us kids, and truly devoted herself to us.  She set a good example of hard work and compassion for us.  She encouraged us to pursue our talents, and I owe much of my love of music to her early and consistent piano lessons and her playing musical soundtracks for us and explaining the stories.  
She possessed a great deal of patience, even in the face of chaos.  There was plenty of that.  She also took the time to play with us, to talk to us about our lives and to show us how to do things about housework and taking care of children that have proved invaluable to me now that I am a parent myself.  
It seemed that wherever we moved with the military growing up, my mother would quickly find friends.  People trust her and feel like they can come to her for a listening ear, and she’s just fun to be around.  If her fun-loving personality doesn’t win you over, her homemade whole wheat bread will. 
There is so much more I could say about my mother, but let me just say that I love and appreciate her for helping to mold me into the person I am today by setting such a good example for me. 
Check out my blog later this week for my book trailer for “The Last Archangel”.  One reviewer, Author J. Lloyd Morgan said: “When you get this book, you’ll want to clear your schedule for the next couple of days. At the very least, leave a note for your loved ones explaining that you’re fine, just lost in an excellent story.”
Also check out this contest, in which you can win some great books, including a copy of “The Canticle Kingdom.”

Portrait of a Mother Contest seven days until “Portrait of a Mother” becomes available.  It was the winning entry in last year’s Mother’s Day Contest at Cedar Fort, so it seems only fair that I should continue the contest tradition.  From now until the end of March, post a “portrait” of words describing why your mother is the greatest as a comment two this post.  On March 31st, I will draw two names from those who posted and they will each receive a signed copy of Portrait of a Mother. 

You must be a follower of my blog to win and you can gain an extra entry for posting this contest on Facebook and one more for tweeting it.  (Just write down what you did as part of your comment post)  On the day of the drawing, I will post my own portrait of my mother, who did such a great job raising all eight of her children. 

May the complimenting commence!

Portrait of a Mother

Today I posted on Mancave Authors about breaking gender stererotypes in fiction. 

In a perfect example of breaking stereotypes, my newest release, “Portrait of a Mother” which comes out March 8th, 2011, is a tender Mother’s Day story.  It’s very short, but I think it’s a tale both you and your mother can enjoy.  You can preorder it here:

Here’s the blurb from Amazon: “The time has come for little Nina to choose her mother, but she’s not sure how to decide! This tender and heartwarming tale of the true essence of motherhood is the perfect gift for all the women in your life.”

I also want to thank all those who made the Life, the Universe, and Everything 2011 Conference possible.  I sat on four panels, did a reading from “The Last Archangel” and had a fun book signing.  I’ll be blogging more about some things I learned there later.